Postbac Premed Students Raise $1,400 for Haitian Relief Efforts

Postbac Premed Students Raise $1,400 for Haitian Relief Efforts

February 1, 2010

Cu Crown

More than $1,400 for earthquake relief was raised by 150 students at the Postbac Afterparty Haiti Fundraiser at Crocodile Lounge on January 23 at 11 p.m. The money raised will be matched and donated to Doctors Without Borders on behalf of the Premedical Association and Social Justice Medicine. PMA officer Michael Sookochoff, an Ontario native, will submit the donation on behalf of the PMA and SJM to the Government of Canada, which has pledged to match up to $50 million of all private donations from its citizens when they donate to registered charities and organizations working toward the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.

According to Kevin Paik, president of Social Justice Medicine, the Postbac student groups decided to donate to Doctors Without Borders because of the organization's alignment with both medical and social justice outreach.

"There are a lot of worthy organizations out there who have been hard at work in Haiti since the earthquake, and whose efforts will certainly continue over the upcoming months, even years. But in the end, we wanted to donate to a group that reflected the core nature of Postbacs as budding physicians, and Doctors Without Borders was a perfect fit," Paik said.

In addition to the Haiti fundraiser, Social Justice Medicine will continue to assist with Haitian relief efforts through outreach with Doc to Dock, a nonprofit organization that collects the unused medical supplies from New York hospitals and ships them to hospitals and clinics in Africa. According to their website, Doc to Dock, in partnership with Flex Jet and Partners in Health, already shipped almost 2,000 pounds of medical supplies to Cange, Haiti.

For more information on upcoming activities organized by Social Justice Medicine, please visit http://www.columbiasjm.blogspot.com.

For more information on upcoming activities organized by the Premedical Association, please email pmaofficers@columbia.edu.